Charity of the Year

The Search is on for Southampton Airport’s Charity of the Year 2017

Southampton Airport are offering a local charity an exclusive opportunity to become their 2017 Charity of the Year. The chosen charity will have a unique opportunity to work alongside the airport to raise valuable funds for their local cause.

The main benefits of becoming Southampton Airports Charity of the Year is that all the income from the Runway Run will go directly to the chosen charity. This unique opportunity will be held on 25th June 2017 and is a 5k fun run down Southampton Airport’s runway at dawn. Being Southampton Airport’s Charity of the Year will also offer high profile publicity throughout the year through the use of Southampton Airport’s website, social media and PR.

For the chosen charity, Southampton Airport will also offer the chance for a further 4 fund raising events organised by the charity to be held at the airport during 2017. These should be events which are fun and engage with the airport passengers.

Guidelines for applications for the Charity of the Year

  • Those applicable will be registered charities or local community groups (e.g. schools, air cadets, scouts, etc.).
  • The money raised should benefit the local community, with priority given to those communities close to the flight path.
  • The charity must sit in one of the following groups - education, environment, economic regeneration or medical and health.
  • Priority is given to charities who benefit a large number of people and the money raised should give long term benefits.
  • Priority will be given to the charity that shows creative ways of raising the most money by using its links with the airport.
  • Charities will need to have a dedicated team with skills in events, marketing and organisation that can work with the airport team in the lead up to and on the day of the terminal events and runway run.

To apply to be our 2017 Charity of the Year fill in the application form (click here) and email to by 24th October 2016.

Finalists will be asked to present to the Charity of the Year board on 4th November at Southampton Airport. The successful charity will be announced in early January.

Charity of the Year 2016 - Where There's a Will

About Where There’s a Will

Where There’s a Will was set up by Heather Parsons in 2011 after her life was saved by the General Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital following a battle with the flesh-eating bug, necrotising fasciitis.

Where there’s a Will is a charity that supports patients, as well as their family and friends, whilst they are on the General Intensive Care Unit (GICU) at Southampton General Hospital. They look at offering comfort and support to relatives who find themselves waiting to hear the news about their loved ones as well as support and home visits after patients have been discharged from the hospital. Where There’s a Will also works within the community raising awareness of the needs of those who have been affected by critical illness.

Since 2011 Where There's a Will has raised over £30,000 to support other patients and their family and friends.

Fundraising events for 2016

Where There’s a Will charity will be using the funds raised in partnership with Southampton Airport to redevelop and refurbish the Southampton GICU Waiting Room to provide more facilities and make it more comfortable for visitors at a time when the wait can feel unbearable. 

Southampton Airport Runway Run

More than 400 runners took to Southampton Airport’s runway at sunrise on Sunday 26th June for the 5K Runway Run which raised around £8k with further donations yet to come in. Read more about the Runway Run.